Okay, let's start with the pretentious name.
Juneteenth is not a word. It's about as authentic a bit of English as eleventy-one
Is it June thirteenth? Fifteenth? Eighteenth? Without a whole word, we wouldn't know.
(For reference, it is June 19th, a number I would never have guessed out of thin air. In fact June sixteenth might have been a better guess, since it is 6/16, and seems to work better if you're splicing June and the latter part of anything -teenth. June (Six)/(six)teenth works. For even more reference, 616 is one of the numbers of the Beast. Not that I follow Revelation anymore)
Second, it's based on screwy history. Supposedly, this is when Texas was notified about the Emancipation Proclamation. And it acts like this is proof of how racist America is and how this is the black
Independence Day. Uhhhh, no it's not, and no it's not. If you're going to celebrate any day for black freedom, it would be September 22, the day when they Emancipation Proclamation actually was made and blacks first received their freedom. But nah, this isn't really about freedom anyway, it's about creating a rival
Independence Day, just as there is supposedly a black national anthem. There is a national anthem and there is an Independence Day, and it works for all of us. (In a side note, the "black national anthem" is actually just a gospel hymn.)
Lift every voice and sing
'Til earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun
Let us march on 'til victory is won
Stony the road we trod
Bitter the chastening rod
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died
Yet with a steady beat
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered
Out from the gloomy past
'Til now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast
God of our weary years
God of our silent tears
Thou who has brought us thus far on the way
Thou who has by Thy might
Led us into the light
Keep us forever in the path, we pray
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee
Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee
Shadowed beneath Thy hand
May we forever stand
True to our God
True to our native land
In fact, blacks celebrated July 4th after the Civil War.
Second, that Texas was later to the party has less to do with racism at all, and more to do with the fact that troops took over that state at that time. So what?
So Juneteenth is kinda a zero excuse rationale to go be un-American and see yourself as somehow separate from this country. It's a way to sow hatred and divisiveness.
And then there's a question of whether it is even a holiday. Yes, it's declared a "holiday" by illegitimate senile deadbeat Joe Biden, but this misses the point. Holiday comes from religious observance. For example, Judaism technically considers every Sabbath a holiday. A "holy day" -> "holiday." Biden, in his out of touch wokeness, declared this day a holiday. Gallup claims "Most Americans Know About Juneteenth." But when you look into the article:
37% of U.S. adults have "a lot" or "some" knowledge about Juneteenth
That's not most. It could conceivably be "most" if you add the "a little", but it turns out the sample...
Results for this Gallup poll are based on self-administered web surveys conducted May 18-23, 2021, with a random sample of 3,572 adults, aged 18 and older, who are members of the Gallup Panel. Gallup uses probability-based, random sampling methods to recruit its Panel members.
Gallup weighted the obtained samples to correct for nonresponse. Nonresponse adjustments were made by adjusting the sample to match the national demographics of gender, age, race, Hispanic ethnicity, education and region. Demographic weighting targets were based on the most recent Current Population Survey figures for the aged 18 and older U.S. population.
...was extremely biased.
They weighted to correct for nonresponse. This is like saying, "Okay, you didn't want to take our poll, but you're black so we figure you know all about Juneteenth, so I'll add more weight to the figures for blacks saying they know alot." Moreover, they took a tiny sample. Less than 10 thousand in a country of 300 million (not including shack babies, people who live their lives off the grid, and illegal aliens hiding in the US). This is maybe 60% of those asked "know a little" but it's hardly a representative sample.
(3,000/300,000,000)x100= 0.001% of the population or 1 in 10,000 people. This would be knowing nobody for miles who have participated in one of these polls.
If Gallup were to actually do an accurate survey, no response is "No Response" not a weighting toward another answer, and they mail this to every residential address in the country. This still doesn't account for homeless or backwoods ppl, but is a hell of a lot more accurate than saying "Most People" after interviewing a small portion.
In fact, my sorta liberal aunt went to a bistro today, and didn't know why it was closed. This shows how real this is to the public consciousness who don't actively follow news.
A holiday or holy day is a thing that people celebrate because they care about it. Valentine's Day has everyone buying candy and flowers, Thanksgiving has turkey and football, etc. Some of these days are overtly religious like Christmas and Easter, while others have secular and religious background (Halloween is not commonly known as anything but a spooky holiday and was basically canceled with COVID, since the logistics were too hard, but actually Halloween is All Hallows Eve/Samhain, a holiday in Christian and pagan circles). Holidays are part of secular or sacred observance. Holidays are things that are honored and kept holy. Like the Sabbath.
8Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God, on which you must not do any work—neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant or livestock, nor the foreigner within your gates. 11For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that is in them, but on the seventh day He rested. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.
See, the thing about this "holiday" is that until about 5 years or so ago, practically NOBODY knew about this. I'm not kidding. Do you honestly think Alabama cared that Texas was emancipated on June 19? Missouri? Alaska? Minnesota? No, as a result of the Emancipation Proclamation, any enslaved states were set free the day that the Union took over their state. And some like Minnesota were not slave states, while others like Alaska didn't become states until well after the Civil War.
So, Juneteenth? It would only be observed in Texas... but of course it wouldn't be observed in Texas, because Texas is not very woke. So, yea, this holiday is relevant exactly nowhere, and is a footnote in history. In fact, I am a history many who took American History and Civil War (along with Russian, Chinese, and Indian History). Never heard of it.
Further, two of the major battles in the Civil War? July 4th. The day blacks celebrated until it was politically correct to do otherwise? July 4th. The day many bitter southerners didn't celebrate after the Civil War? July 4th.
I'm gonna come up with a day on July 20th called Hooker Day (my last name is Hooker). In honor and reverence of me, everyone will celebrate by dressing as pimps and whores. I suspect this would still be a more legitimate holiday than one that originally only affected Texas, and which nobody but the most astute historians knew about for roughly 150 years.